If all goes according to the plan , citizens may soon be able to alert the Mumbai Fire brigade about a disaster through an android mobile application. The mobile application plan is in its primary stages. The fire brigade has conceptualize it and the design will be ready within a fortnight.
The fire brigade recently sent a presentation on the application, its uses and purview to the BMC’s IT department . Once completed and launched the mobile application can be used for online complaints on fire , road accidents or accidents involving hazardous material .
The plan so far is to allow users to create a profile on the application, which can be used to send out alerts. On filling a complaint the GIS will map the user’s location , and display the response time. The nearest fire station will be alerted for quicker disaster response. Users will also be able to upload photos of the spot. The back end system of the mobile application will log complaints and display the status in real time . The application will also display all active disaster calls in the city at the moment, be it a fire, a house collapse, or a road accident, requiring the service of the fire brigade.
Currently citizens have to dial 101 for fire brigade and 1916 for the civic body’s disaster control room. Under the current disaster response mechanism, either the central command room of BMC or the fire brigade gets a disaster calls from citizens through the centralized helpline numbers. The call is then forwarded to nearest fire station.